Lanvin for H&M needing more love in Japan

The fashion community waited with baited breathe when news first broke about the H&M and Lanvin collaboration. And there was near pandemonium when the collection was first available for purchase online, overloading the server bandwidth and all the technical schzam that I shan’t frazzle my fringe in.

On my recent trip to Tokyo, I was shocked but sadistically overjoyed to see a contented shopper leaving the Ginza district outlet with her very own ‘H&M ❤ Lanvin’ bag tucked under her slender arm. Closer investigations into the store confirmed my hunch as I found signature pieces lined obediently in rows, awaiting my thorough inspection.

Usual suspects were present – overpriced accessories and shoes that would eat your heart for dessert. But, rather unexpectedly, high rollers such as the signature red tulle tutu dress and yellow ruffle toga dress were also rounded up in this raid.

Conversations in the interrogation room did not reveal much and without a confession, I found it hard to post bail for this baby. But if you are convinced of her innocence, by all means, Japan still has sizes!

Bat luck

It’s very dangerous to make a bold claim of creating things that “challenge the notion of its usage” and “does not conform to traditional shapes” for all to see. But Hoiming – a design duo from Hong Kong has been pumping this notion into all of their leather bags and accessories since 2006.

While bats have been in the background of Halloween decoration and possibly freaking out the half the kid population of Western families, they are wholeheartedly embraced by the Chinese. Why? Because its pronunciation sounds similar to that of “good fortune”.

They’ve been in paintings because they symbolize blessings, and now in Hoiming’s amazingly shaped, pleated and hand-stitched leather creations. Apart from the slightly creepy necklace and brooch designs, it also comes in what Hoiming does best – bags.

Although small, it still embodies the creased wide-winged shape and made so modern. I love how the shots are upside-down just like how bats hang!

They have also done these raining rose leather corsages which look great as a large, singular entity, unlike a floral bouquet that heaps of other designers are fond of.

And then, there are these cute clutch bags called clouds. Love how the designers translated wispiness into layered, scalloped leather pieces on a dumpling-shaped bag. And while its name brings to mind soft, blue skies and cotton candy, the colours chosen are a stormier dark blue and black. So wickedly cool.

My favourite from their archives is this bag-and-jacket mutation from 2008 – a sleeve to go over the shoulder and pockets to fit your hand with lots of room to spare. It truly epitomizes their brand philosophy of creating bags with reason and surprises. I need me some time-transportation and money-multiplying capabilites. How can I ever ever get my hands on this?!

Multi-label store Front Row celebrated their 5th anniversary last weekend, and Hoiming is part of the slew of new labels from all over the world to hit our sunny shores to mark the occasion. The bat, cloud and rose styles are in store now. Can’t wait for more of Hoiming’s amazing pieces in future!

Picture credits to here and here.

Hansel’s new home

Walking into hansel’s new home in Mandarin Gallery #02-14 is kinda like walking into a fantasy dollhouse. Incredibly made up with everything hand-drawn, it’s cute and kitschy, but so well executed, grown women who are really adoring fans of the 7-year-old label buy the heartfelt effort hook, line and sinker.

The floor-to-ceiling sharpie on paper drawings and props make you wanna linger, and try just about everything on the sales floor, especially pieces from the current season, which you saw here.

My favourite of all – a long-sleeved laced sweater priced at S$129, also available in a sleeveless top and short-sleeved dress. Love the contrasting black and cream! I’m thinking if it were to be all cream, it might be granny, not girly.

Annddd….. The ballooons!!!!!!!!! They’re stuck to the ceiling!!!!!!! How cute is thatt????????

Sigh. I wanna redecorate my room like that, just that nothing really functions.

Also in store are adorable knick-knacks like eyeglasses cards and yummy accessories set on exquisite hand-drawn paper silverware.

Like Laila of Rock the Trend tweeted, hansel is kinda like Singapore’s Moschino – quirky and girly all at the same time. You can see that in designer, Jo Soh herself, and her fans as well!

From left to right, myself, Qin (Qin at the Disco), X-wen (Fash Eccentric), and Dottie (D for Dot) (who was also guest-tweeting for Mandarin Gallery that night).

Sooo here’s my suggested itinerary for this weekend: First to Mandarin Gallery for Hansel, then to Topshop Knightsbridge just across the road. Yeap that should busy you for most of the afternoon. Don’t bring your boyfriend along, unless he’s very patient and also The One… who pays for your shopping! 😛

Swedish and delish #2: Mini For Many

Sofie, Pernilla and Jennifer Elvestedt are the three sisters behind Minimarket. The Swedish label, established in 2006, conjures fierce juxtaposition of colours and styles in their pieces, which reflects their varied style and aesthetics unified. Some of them are on the verge of a cartoonish costume (though not without some serious tailoring that gives them the dramatic shapes and delicate details), but the lanky girls over there can pull off just about anything.

Mini for many is Minimarket for the masses, a god-send, since Spring Summer this year. More affordably priced, but requires the same amount of gut to wear some of its unusual shapes and crazily-coloured dresses.

This is the Autumn-Winter 2010 collection, and no, the sisters won’t take a dark, dreary palette and leave it as it.

I haven’t quite figured out where to get this new drop, but if you’d like to get your hands on the spring-summer pieces (on a 50% discount to boot!), you can click your way to the Outnet, or visit Style Nordic at Ann Siang Hill.

Picture credits to here.



Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

The Charles and Keith boots that I love are fraying at its threads. The faux leather is flaking slowly from my excessive and obsessive wear over the past who-knows-how-many years. The fabric buckles exactly the way I wear them – at the ball of my feet, the ankle and from stuffing my jeans into already-prime real estate. I sense that these C&K boots don’t have long to live.

This Christmas, I hope to find, nestled snugly under the Christmas tree, a pair of size 40 black suede lace-up wedge booties by Hussein Chalayan for PUMA’s Urban Mobility collection.

The combination of thick suede and rubber wedge makes this shoe OOZE comfort it’s like wearing hot chocolate and walking on air. *slurps! Throw in the extra three inches of height (a girl can always do with more) AND the fact that it’s a slice of designer goods at a sliver of the price… These babies have bumped themselves up to the top of my list of desirables this December.

But that’s not to say these sweeties are completely within grasps. At $400 for the bootie version at Hide&Seek and $356.97 from Revolve Clothing for the high-cut boots, they are, sadly, not within means.

Thus, I write this letter to you Santa.
Please make your list, check it twice.
Hope I’ve been sufficiently nice.

Cyber Black Friday

We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in Sunny Singapore, but we sure do give thanks to you guys who do. Awesome Black Friday sales wouldn’t happen if not for you. Thank God for the Internet. is hosting special sale events over the weekend, including 50% off women’s Nudie Jeans, an up to 80% off select items blow-out sale and the exclusive pre-sale of Fashiontoast x Dannijo jewellry. You can also use the code “thanks30” to take a whooping 30% off all regular-priced items. Like I did for a pair of Naked & Famous Selvedge Jeans that I bought for my boyfriend. is having a now-or-never sale on its site, with 30% off all across the board till Sunday with brands like Elizabeth and James, Margiela, and Rag & Bone all going at a cut. Simply enter “NOWORNEVER” at check-out.

Starting in-stores on Friday, but online come next Monday, OTTE is offering a 20% off site-wide. That means it is a great time to get these cute felted bowler hats by the Bollman Hat Company, exclusive to OTTE.

From the wonderful people at Refinery29 who pulled these deals for all their readers, valid on Thursday and Friday in the US:

Get 40% off all full-priced merchandise from New York label Geren Ford when you enter “R29” at check-out.

Also, 30% off all current fall merchandise from United Bamboo when you enter the code “R29” at check-out.

Take a quarter off the price tag of all the ready-to-wear items at All Saints as the UK label chips into the American holiday with a 25% discount store-wide.

All these, one-off weekend sales aside, The Outnet is always a place for great deals. Alexander Wang’s all-American sportswear fever spills over from Spring-Summer 2010 onto the sale racks of the Outnet, right here. Plus! Free shipping to anywhere in the world!

At home, Doorstep Luxury slashed prices on some of its super covetable accessories. The sale page boasts a crystal cuff by Vera Wang, ponyskin drawstring bag by Wendy Nichols, and a whole lot more. Free shipping worldwide!

For some true Singaporean-style shop-shuffling, scuttle down to Sitex 2010, happening from today till Sunday at the Singapore Expo. I hate the crowds, but I’m never disappointed with my techie buys.

Does this spell the start of Christmas shopping for you? Or are you already in full swing?

Lots of savings to be had!

Picture credits to here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

Try your luck

Some worthy draws for your perusal, because I’m feeling quite chuffed and a tad lucky today.

In Puma’s 2010 Holiday Campaign, you get to play predator by navigating with your cursor to one year’s sponsorship of Puma Gear worth $2000 here.

And, this might be the only time you’d ever want to be prey too. Put on some Puma, plant yourself at the following locations, and be spotted by their roving wolf over the next three weekends to get some yummy store discounts.

26 Nov 2010: Vivocity | Clarke Quay | Butter Factory
4 Dec 2010: Far East Plaza | Cineleisure | Scape
10 Dec 2010: Emerald Hill | Zouk

What Mandarin Gallery is giving away for their anniversary draw is Two Good To Be True! but also, very true. Win two suave BMWs or $50,000 cash simply by dropping some moolah at their shops, from now till 26 January 2011. For example, getting these Markus Lupfer sequinned sweaters from Tribeca will give you quite a few chances and put you in good stead of the draw. Details here.

Good luck! And make sure no one’s tapping your shoulder!

Picture credits to here and here.